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Poster: AshesRising Date: Sep 11, 2007 4:20am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: ..and my favorite: "Children's Lament" - by Robert Hunter

CHILDREN'S LAMENT
Lyrics: Robert Hunter
Music: Robert Hunter

When a child is being born
Cut the cord and tie a knot
Be sure you cut it with a keen blade
Life is sort and full of thorns

Clear his throat
Be sure he cries out
Wash him clean and keep him warm
You gave him life
The truest thing you'll ever give
And his time will come
When your work is done
When your work is done

Refrain:
Won't you sing, Melinda
Won't you sing for me?
While the rain
While the rain is falling down
Slowly falls the rain outside
Won't you sing, Melinda, sing
Won't you sing
One last song for me?

In the hour of your dying
Point your breath and think away
In one brief moment
All eternity comes clear

Give yourself unto the light
Gladly
Have no fear
It gave you life
The only thing it has to give
And your time will come
When your work is done
When your work is done

[Refrain]

@Robert Hunter, 1974-2007
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[Note: A song from Robert Hunter's first album--notable for being one of the most extensive recordings of his bagpipe playing.]

Album: "Tales of the Great Rum Runners" (1974)
http://www.deaddisc.com/disc/Tales_Of_The_Great_Rum_Runners.htm
You are welcome to contact me if you want this one.

--- AshesRising

This post was modified by AshesRising on 2007-09-11 11:20:40

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Poster: BryanE Date: Sep 11, 2007 6:31am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: ..and my favorite: 'Children's Lament' - by Robert Hunter

Extraordinary material, AshesRising---thank you for posting both pieces.

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Sep 11, 2007 8:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: ..and my favorite: 'Children's Lament' - by Robert Hunter

Three of my daughters were born at home with a mid-wife, the other was born at a birthing center with a mid-wife. I was intimately involved with each birth - it truely is a miracle and expressed beautifully by Robert Hunter. There are so many crazy emotions when you see your child born - thank you heartily for posting the lyrics Ashes.

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Poster: Jerrob Hungar Date: Sep 11, 2007 8:29am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: ..and my favorite: 'Children's Lament' - by Robert Hunter

Ashes

'when the crow on your cradle prophesies
That the day you're born is the day you die'

These words were particularly poignant for me as our first child was stillborn.

I looked for a performance of 'Four White Horses' in the setlists with no success...do you know of any?...and would it be edacious to request a rum runners when I've already been a recipient of your kindness?...I had a dream that a conspicuously kind soul initiated a Hunter vault a la tigerbolt's Jerry vault.
Can't wait to hear his new song, 'Fandangalero'..." it goes: fandanga dangadangdang bang gangagangdang fandangalero. Soon the whole world will be singing it. People will come together over it, make love to it, set their ring-tones to it. . .and peace will reign! What the world needs now is a major tongue-twister." - Journal 9.8.07.

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Poster: AshesRising Date: Sep 11, 2007 9:21am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: ..and my favorite: 'Children's Lament' - by Robert Hunter

...sorry, Jerrob: I only have Rat-Dog's collection ....

To answer your question: no, I have not found a performance of it yet and I suspect I never will -- just like "Walker After Midnight" [that I practically begged Jerry to put to music.]

Gimme a little time; broke external HD with all my music and lists last weekend -- will be a little while but you and ganges are always at the top of the list.

From the "Live Free or Die" state of New Hampshire,
--- AshesRising

WALKER AFTER MIDNIGHT
Lyrics: Robert Hunter

A walker after midnight
On the road to Auld Lang Syne
I have walked a crooked mile
And I have walked the line
Walked on desert pathways
In the shadow of the flood
Slipped and fell from mountain tops
Swam in my own blood

Chorus:
A walker after midnight
More than this I cannot say
A walker after midnight
And I met you on my way

A walker after midnight
In another kind of light
I do not trust to reason
And I cannot trust my sight
I do not trust to messengers
With bright and shining eyes
I do not trust the foolish
And I dare not trust the wise

[chorus]

A walker in the shadows
Between the walls of night
I used to thirst for glory
But I lost my appetite
Always one more trophy
I could never quite achieve
I'll settle for my sanity
And something to believe

Something to believe in
To the bottom of my soul
Something to hang on to
Something to console
Something to live up to
In spite of all disgrace
When all my other failings
Are paraded in my face

Maybe it's my destiny
To love what others hate
Maybe there is time to change
And maybe it's too late
At times I feel a light divine
And try to catch a spark
End up strikin' matches
To better see the dark

[chorus]

A walker after midnight
And my destiny is grim
Staring at the starlight
Till my eyes are growing dim
I still see well enough to know
The path I must pursue
If we meet again before the end
I'll share my fate with you
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(@Robert Hunter, 1968-2007)

This post was modified by AshesRising on 2007-09-11 16:21:22

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Poster: Jerrob Hungar Date: Sep 11, 2007 10:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: ..and my favorite: 'Children's Lament' - by Robert Hunter

'All good things in all good time' eh Ashes.

Been home recently? Should be a little something there for you by now.

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Poster: AshesRising Date: Sep 11, 2007 1:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: ..and my favorite: 'Children's Lament' - by Robert Hunter

Jerrob Hungar: both "Home" and "recently" are relative terms ...let's put it this way: thank you -- I am sure it is safe and will attempt to cross the border in the near future [by 2010]. Thanks in advance, --- AshesRising

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